Principles of Modern Physics


Published in : HOLDEN-DAY, INC.

ISBN : 978-3-642-13612-2

File Type : pdf

File Size : 9 mb

Language : English


This book is intended as a general introduction to modern physics for science and engineering students. It is written at a level which presurnes a prior tull year’s course in classical physics, and a knowledge of elementary differential and integral calculus. The material discussed here includes probability, relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic physics, statistical mechanics, nuclear physics and elementary particles. Some of these top&, such as statistical mechanics and probability, are ordinarily not included in textbooks at this level. However, we have felt that for proper understanding of many topics in modern physics--such as quaIlturn mechanics and its applications--this material is essential. It is our opilnion that present-day science and engineering students should be able to worlk quantitatively with the concepts of modern physics. Therefore, we have attempted to present these ideas in a manner which is logical and fairly rigorous. A number of topics, especially in quantum1 mechanics, are presented in greater depth than is customary. In many cases, unique ways of presentation are given which greatly simplify the discussion of there topics. However, few of the developments require more mathematics than elementary calculus and the algebra of complex nurnbers; in a few places, familiarity with partial differentiation will be necessary.
Unifying concepts which halve important applications throughout modern physics, such as relativity, probability and the laws of conservation, have been stressed. Almost all theoretical developments are linked to examples and data taken from experiment. Summaries are included at the end of each chapter, as well as problems with wide variations in difficulty.
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